Announcing hackNY’s Fall 2013 hackathon on Sept 28th-29th!

Every spring and fall, hundreds of students from scores of universities around the country flock to hackNY’s student hackathons, where they participate in collaborative and creative coding challenges in a 24-hour coding sprint. The events open with API demos from New York City startups selected by the student organizing committee, after which students work in teams to build projects based on these APIs. Students work around the clock, and the event culminates in a presentation before a panel of judges the next day.

hackNY is excited to announce its eighth student hackathon on September 28th-29th at NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

We are excited for this event, and we are looking for sponsors to help us make this happen. For more information on sponsorship and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Team hackNY at [email protected]

Students interested in attending can register on Hackerleague!

Announcing the DemoFest for the hackNY class of 2013 Fellows!

This summer, hackNY was able to introduce a stunning cohort of student-hackers from across the country to NYC’s startup ecosystem by pairing the best technical minds with great New York startups.

Fellows enjoyed free communal housing in the special interest suites of one of NYU’s best dorms in Union Square for 10 weeks, a paid internship with one of NYC’s hottest startups, and a series of lectures both about technical and practical ins-and-outs of joining and founding a tech startup.

On Thursday, August 8, 2013, we will be hosting the end of the summer DemoFest, which is the Fellows’ time to share the new products or features they launched at their startups as well as projects developed during the hackNY program.The attendees of the DemoFest include hackNY Fellows and alumni, hackNY 2013 host startups, press, and supporters.

Demofest will be an exciting, well attended event and we’re looking for sponsors.

We hope very much that you can make time to join; please do fill out the eventbrite at:

For more information on sponsorship and to discuss becoming a sponsor, please contact Team hackNY at [email protected]

Richard Stallman to address hackNY and NYC Technology Community on August 5

HackNY is delighted to announce a special addition to our 2013 speaker series: Richard Stallman. Richard Stallman will speak about the goals and philosophy of the Free Software Movement, and the status and history of the GNU operating system, which in combination with the kernel Linux is now used by tens of millions of users worldwide. This talk will be held at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and open to the New York City Technology Community (space permitting).

Richard Matthew Stallman, also known as RMS, is a software freedom activist and computer programmer. Early in his career, he worked at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT. While at MIT, he wrote the first extensible Emacs text editor and developed the AI technique of dependency-directed backtracking, also known as truth maintenance. In 1983, Stallman announced the GNU operating system, a Unix-like operating system meant to be entirely free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. This marked the beginning of the Free Software Movement and in October 1985 he started the Free Software Foundation, of which he remains the president.

During his career, Stallman developed a number of widely used software components of the GNU system, the GNU Compiler Collection, the GNU symbolic debugger (gdb), GNU Emacs, and various other programs for the GNU operating system. The GNU/Linux system are used in tens or hundreds of millions of computers, but the distributors of these systems often disregard the ideas of freedom which make free software important. Since the mid-1990s, Stallman has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, and spreading the ethical ideas of the movement, as well as campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws.

HackNY is thrilled to have Richard Stallman speak on August 5th to discuss the history and the future of the Free Software Movement. Please join us in welcoming Richard Stallman to the New York City Technology Community on August 5th at 251 Mercer Street, New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, room 109 from 7-9 PM.